NYPD STEPS FORWARD
“We are at a pivotal moment in New York’s history—we have the need, motivation, and opportunity to imagine a city where cops are not just policing in New York’s communities but with the residents in each of those communities whose involvement is the as yet untapped force we need to continue to drive down crime and make every neighborhood as safe as every other…
“Today, four realities require change in the way the NYPD does its job.
- We must continue to control and reduce crime, especially violent crime, throughout New York.
- We must detect and deter terrorists, who are radically altering their strategies and recruitment techniques.
- We must win back community support and build productive partnerships with citizens, especially in communities of color where resentment and fear of old police practices are most prevalent.
- We must secure the safety and fair treatment of the men and women of the NYPD, many of whom have felt ill-prepared and undervalued…
“The plan, developed in collaboration with citizens and officers, will require everyone’s commitment to succeed. It will evolve and change, and it will not happen overnight. But when it does succeed, we will have created—together—a city unlike any other city in the world—safe and fair. Everywhere for everyone…” — William J. Bratton, Police Commissioner, City of New York.
New York’s plan is VERY encouraging. The right orientation, the right words. Just about everything in which I have been “preaching” during my career.
New York PD is our nation’s largest police department. It can lead the way. If police leaders are willing to implement Bratton’s proposals within their own departments police may, as a profession, collectively pull this off (restore trust and confidence) if they continue to press on and not give up. Now is the “carry-out” and “follow-through” in which tenacity must be mixed in.
- Policing should be an honorable and trustworthy profession; let’s make it and keep it that way.
Read the entire NYPD plan HERE.